Sunday, July 21

Tandem Clean-Up (Before and After)

I spent several hours this weekend wearing my rubber gloves and scrubbing down the tandem... which reminds me, this bike really needs a name.  I can't keep calling her "the tandem" all the time.  Anyway, someone told us to use Lime-Away to take off some of the rust, and it really helped.  I was scrubbing and scrubbing (and scrubbing), and Johnny had to stop me and remind me that it isn't going to look brand new... it's a very old bike.  Sometimes I can get carried away.  Here's the improvement:
I took Hope for a quick ride down the street and we decided this bike needed some REAL breaking in.  She grabbed her helmet and we explored our neighborhood.  It was a special night.  I asked, "Hope, do you think you'll remember these nights when you're all grown up?  The breeze, the sounds, the smells?"  Of course, she doesn't realize how sentimental you become about those things when you're an adult.  She said, "Uh... I hope so."  Me, too.


*My shirt is from ModCloth and my shorts from UO.

42 comments:

  1. Lady, between the bike and the vinyl couch, you are one dedicated scrubber! I'm impressed! You are so sweet with your girls. I'm sure they'll grow up and know they had an amazing childhood and that their parents were a big part of that magic.

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  2. Good job! It looks sparkling and maybe for a name call it 'Bluebell' seeing as its blue? Maybe? Haha! It's wonderful to create memories like these to cherish forever :)

    Lulu xx

    http://luluslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

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  3. You'll have this post in the future.

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  4. It looks great Katie! I bet now that you spoke with Hope about remembering, she won't forget :) Rosie x

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  5. Love your bicycle built for two!

    Also, because I can always remember the most random things (none of which are useful in everyday life), I was wondering about an old post you made. It was a picture of you and Johnny from high school and there was some cute history behind it. Would you share? No pressure though ;)

    -eileen

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  6. But it looks even much better after scrubbing! I love it to bike, too, here in our wonderful Bavarian region, although my bike
    isn´t as cool like your tandem ...

    Wish you a wonderful day!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    http://dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de/

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  7. i remember riding a tandem with my dad when we were on vacation at the north sea. i was probably younger than hope now... so she might remember it too when she is older. i remember it like it was a week or so ago. it was a bit hard for my to reach the pedals as i was a bit too small so i just putting my feet up and didn't pedal at all and let my dad to all the work. i really thought he hasn't noticed it at all. i felt so smart and sneaky and giggled a lot in the back of the tandem. he told me when we talked about it recently that it was the cutest, letting me think he didn't know.

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  8. Where's your helmet skunkboy!? Your pretty adult head needs protection too (even if it looks daggy!) xxx

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    1. You are right! I actually don't own one (what?!) but have found the one I'm ordering!

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    2. YAY!! Keep that pretty head protected ;)

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  9. Thats such a sweet thing to hope. I think it will be strange, her being able to grow up and back track through your blog, but probably great.
    x Eloise - Jazzlipsandtulips

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  10. So sweet! You have such special family moments!

    And the tandem came out wonderfully! You may need to thrift a 3 person bike and attach a little seat for poe next time! hehe

    Ngaio xx

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  11. I think you should name the bike Tammy.

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  12. It looks so great Katie! Aw, I hope she remembers those little moments as well. You two always seem to have the sweetest moments.

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  13. "Uh...I hope so." hehe that's so sweet. I get so sentimental about everything lately!

    I remember being very small and watching my dad video tape our family all around a bonfire by the lake and I told him to wait until something interesting happens and not to waste film on this boring stuff. He looked at me and said, "Shelley, some day you'll look back and realize these 'boring' moments are actually the biggest moments." I will never forget that!

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  14. Nice work! It actually does look almost new with that shine on it!

    Whimsy Darling

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  15. She'll remember, don't worry :)

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  16. How about naming the tandem Daisy after that old old song about a bicycle built for two!

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  17. You did a great job, the tandem is now sparkling!
    Amia
    www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

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  18. Good job! It looks great!!!

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  19. It looks great! Those old Schwinns clean up nicely. My husband and I have matching 1974, Flamboyant Lime, Schwinn Suburbans that we happened across at different times, but they're a perfect pair. One was really shabby when we bought it, but with lots of love it looks fabulous now.

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  20. Katie, if you put WD-40 on a soft rag and wipe your tandem down with it, it will help to keep the rust from building up again. :) Awesome bike. I have an old Schwinn that I got when I was about 6. It was my very first bike and the only one I ever had growing up. It is in need of a major overhaul. I will one day do this. I believe it is possible from the mid 50's. I love it.

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    1. Ooooh, thank you so much for the tip! I will definitely be doing this!

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    2. My friend and I just bout the same bike of craigslist! We used Brillo Pads on all the rusted silver and used CLR on the blue. Now I wish I would have taken before and after pics because yours look amazing!

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  21. Oh the bike! She's glowing! Well done, and I like that she doesn't look totally brand new. Part of the charm is the vintage feel.

    erinbulger.blogspot.ca

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  22. You are just about the raddest chick ever!!! Such an inspiration in all ways possible!!!

    Thanks for that!

    Heather
    southernnorth.com

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  23. Looks like all that effort paid off - it is looking really great!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  24. Such a beautiful bicycle - well worth the effort! Bicycles are a huge part of our home life...my husband even had his BMX at our wedding! Bicycles make the best memories!
    xox Laura
    http://www.madepeachy.com

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  25. Love your anchor bandana! The bike looks fairly fantastic as well!

    x Hannah

    http://inthedressupbox.blogspot.com.au/

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  26. this almost made me tear up: "Hope, do you think you'll remember these nights when you're all grown up? The breeze, the sounds, the smells?"

    ...how i long for the days like this of my childhood!

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  27. I think the coolest part of this post is, other than maybe the time you're spending with your child, the fact that you have a tandem bike!

    S&R
    http://www.Etsy.com/Shop/TheRucksackRefinery

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  28. Such a great way to spend time with your little girl! Good memories :)

    http://campanywhere.blogspot.com

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  29. Making memories like these is priceless. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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  30. WOW! That is an amazing improvement with the before and after shots.

    I hope your daughter remembers things like this ride too. I'm sure she will.

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  31. You should name the bike Winny! Since it's a Schwinn... Get it?

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  32. Wow, it looks so much more amazing in the after picture. I don't know how you always look so stylish even when cleaning!

    If you are trying to get rid of rust on the chromed areas (handlebar etc) I've found that using some metal polish and wire wool then wiping it down with a cloth can take it straight off if it is surface rust.

    I have just started a project to do up a bicycle and started a blog to record it, but it requires rather more work than a clean up sadly! Lots of replacing of parts/ repainting... But to be able to ride a pretty bicycle I am sure it will be worth it.

    http://themustardlion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. Ah your bike is looking great!! Where did you find it?

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